Book Review: “House of Sand and Fog”

“In my fast, all these things seemed more possible, especially in America–where–as in no other country–hard work, sacrifice, and discipline can be rewarded one hundredfold”  PLOT SYNOPSIS: A house goes up for auction that was repossessed by the county from Kathy Nicolo, a recovering drug addict, for not “paying business taxes” (which ends up being […]

How Blogging Has Ruined Writing

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably noticed a trend of angry book posts (Should All Things Be Read?, The Alice Network). That is because I’m mad at writers, I’m mad at readers, I’m mad that the best-sellers list includes shallow, poorly written pieces, and I’m blaming this all on the onset of the […]

10 Reasons Why ‘A Star is Born’ Can Win All the Oscars (IMO)

10. It’s human: Upon their first meeting, Ally says to Jackson, “No one ever asks you about you, huh?” What a revelation, because it is so true–as fans, how often do we actually care about our idols, and how often is our focus OURSELVES–what THEIR music does for US, OUR experience and excitement at the […]

They Say [This] Will Make You Happy

As my Bible study finishes our current study (Lysa Terkeurst’s Finding I Am), and we begin to search for the next soul filling, life altering, eye opening study, what we have found is as follows: “Is your life too busy? Are you having difficulties finding margin in your life to even do your laundry? Join Sarah […]

How to Be Efficient, Effective, & Considerate Communicators

We live in a busy world. People have so many things going on all the time. If we can learn to communicate efficiently, then we will have more time for play, if we can learn to communicate effectively, then we will have less frivolous and confusing banter going back and forth, and if we can […]

That One Really Magical Time

A few years ago, some friends and I took a magical weekend getaway to the mountains. Truly, it was one for the books–we laughed, did a couple adventurous things, had campfires, ate the best of food, Britany threw up a gummy bear, and we all came back with some really great stories to share. We […]

Commandments for Being an Adult Friend

10. Thou Shall Make Plans a Month Ahead of Time: Long gone are the days that you find yourself sitting at home without plans on a Friday night at 7 PM and can text your friends to spontaneously make plans to do something wild and fun and exciting. As an adult, your friends have work […]

Cameron Ederveen, Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain & Education

I think I had written about the thousandth, “Sentence fragment!!!!” comment of my teaching career on a stack of papers I’d been grading when I sat back, folded my hands, and thought to myself, “How will these kids survive in the world if they can’t even follow directions?”… As a teacher, I think of my […]